PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University football coach Mike Price will discipline several of his players for their role in a fight that occurred at a fraternity party last weekend. The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity has been temporarily suspended, pending a full disciplinary hearing, for conduct code violations and its involvement in the incident.
According to witnesses, the fight began when several team members were refused admission to the party. Football player Melvin “Champ” Simmons sustained injuries, including a concussion, a broken bone in his face and a broken thumb. Witnesses reported that the player was kicked while he was on the ground. An investigation is underway to determine if criminal charges will be filed.
Price said four or five of his players who were involved in the fight would be put on restrictive probation, upon completion of his investigation, expected within the next few days. “From my interviews with the players who were at the scene, it became apparent that some of them made poor decisions. These individuals will be restricted from off-the-field activities for the remainder of the semester. Violations of probation or further involvement in similar incidents will result in suspension or dismissal,” Price said
Several other players have been assigned to attend anger management sessions to help them avoid future problems.
Price noted that a number of players were at the party but were not involved in the fight. He said some team members demonstrated good judgment and were able to help defuse the situation by getting teammates away from the area.
“I’m very concerned about this tragic incident and I feel fortunate that Champ will be alright,” said Price. ” The team has met and discussed what happened. The players have resolved not to retaliate in any way. We are focusing on coming together and working to get beyond this incident.”